Monday, July 6, 2015

Entertainment leftovers from Tipsy Bartender


I hinted about my planned topic for tonight by writing "I'll be back" in two entries--"Terminator: Genisys."  After looking at the weekend box office report from Variety, I realized that I'm not feeling it.  True, two movies warning us of the limits of our technologies, the fifth "Terminator" film and "Jurassic World" placed third and second at the domestic box office, but I'm not up to saying more about that juxtaposition today.

Tonight was also the season finale of "Penny Dreadful."  Even though I promised an entry for the show I jokingly call "James Bond, Vampire Hunter," tonight isn't it, as I haven't watched any of this season's episodes yet.  When I do, I will post the entry it deserves.  I will report the good news about the series: it's been renewed for a third season.  Yay!  I now have two seasons to look forward to!

Instead, I'm going to follow up on a comment in Drink recipes for July 4th from Tipsy Bartender.
Both guns, the shotgun and the .50 caliber rifle, play central roles in two other videos.  Each clip also ties into TV shows, so I might feature them in a future Sunday entertainment entry.
Follow over the jump for one of those along with the drink recipe for "Insidious, Chapter 3" I promised in the Jurassic World entries as well as a drink for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Solar Impulse 2 sets record as it lands in Hawaii


I told my readers to "stay tuned for the Sunday entertainment entry and an update on Solar Impulse 2" at the end of Drink recipes for July 4th from Tipsy Bartender.  It's time to make good on the first with Solar Impulse 2 makes history from CNN.

Watch the Solar Impulse 2 plane make history as it lands in Hawaii. CNN's David Molko has more.
Wotchit's Solar-Powered Plane Lands In Hawaii, Smashes Nonstop Record has a better explanation.
A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday. Pilot Andre Borschberg made a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night without any fuel. Borschberg's 120-hour voyage shattered the 76-hour record for nonstop flight by late American adventurer Steve Fossett in 2006 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.
As for what's happening next, Euronews reports in Solar Impulse completes record flight across Pacific.


Welcome to America, Solar Impulse 2.  Next stop, Phoenix!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Drink recipes for July 4th from Tipsy Bartender


I'm not done with the holiday.  First, I gave my readers Bald Eagle facts for 4th of July weekend from DNews. Then I shared a drum corps Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July.  Now, it's time for drink recipes for the holiday from Tipsy Bartender.

Skyy began posting recipes two weeks ago with 4th of July All American Jello Shots.  I'll follow his lead and start there.

It's about to get all patriotic up in here... EZ SQUEEZE 4TH OF JULY ALL AMERICAN JELLO SHOTS! This treat is the perfect treat for your picnics, parties, and 4th of July themed birthdays and weddings!
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4TH OF JULY ALL AMERICAN JELLO SHOTS
Red Layer:
1 Pack EZ-Jello Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
2 1/2 cups (590 ml) Hot Water
1 1/2 cups (350 ml) UV Cherry Vodka

White Layer:
1 Pack EZ-Jello Pina Colada Mix
2 1/2 cups (590 ml) Hot Water
1 1/2 cups (350 ml) Coconut Rum

Blue Layer:
1 Pack EZ-Jello Blue Mai Tai
2 1/2 cups (590 ml) Hot Water
1 1/2 cups (350 ml) Blue Curacao

Refrigerate each layer before adding the next layer!
Both guns, the shotgun and the .50 caliber rifle, play central roles in two other videos.  Each clip also ties into TV shows, so I might feature them in a future Sunday entertainment entry.  Meanwhile, the guns make good props for this video.

Just like I needed three entries to fully celebrate Independence Day, Skyy needed three drink recipes to celebrate the day as well.  Follow over the jump for the other two.

A drum corps Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July


Happy 4th of July!  As I promised at the end of NABLOPOMO for July: CONNECT, here is the first of two entries for the holiday.  Without any further ado, I present A Drum Corps Stars and Stripes Mashup.

Sousa marches have long been a staple in the repertoires of concert and marching bands of all types. In a salute to America’s "March King," we’ve put together this mashup of several different drum corps performing their renditions of one of Sousa’s most famous works, "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
Here's to wishing you all A drum corps 4th of July!

Friday, July 3, 2015

NABLOPOMO for July: CONNECT


I told my readers what to expect at the end of Examiner.com article on Trump combing in second in Michigan.
Stay tuned for a celebration of Canada Day and this month's Nablopomo theme.  Hint, it's recycled.
I took care of the first promise with 50 years of the Maple Leaf Flag for Canada Day.  Now it's time to follow through on the second.

First, the email.
July's NaBloPoMo Theme: CONNECT!

Three Dog Night said that one is the loneliest number, and I think they were onto something. Luckily, our theme this month is connect.

Unless you're writing solely for yourself, you use your blog to connect with readers. You connect them with information you think they want to read. You connect them to aspects of your life. Our blogs serve as the connecting thread between the reader and our minds.

So what connections will you make this month? Which bloggers will you meet? Which family events will you attend? Which people will you reconnect with via Facebook?
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You can read more about the new NaBloPoMo theme on our opening post.
Follow over the jump for the relevant part of the description on the website.

Bald Eagle facts for 4th of July weekend from DNews


I'm still in an "I can't be all DOOM all the time" mood, so I'm going with it to present something informative--Discovery News' 9 Facts You Didn’t Know About Bald Eagles.

The bald eagle is the United States’ national bird, so here are some facts you might not know about them!
There are two more videos about the holiday in 4th of July science from Space.com and Discovery News, including the one about fireworks that DNews recommends at the end of this video.

I'll be back with at least two more entries about the holiday.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Michigan Senate passes road funding bill


Keeping my promise to "expect updates on this story as they develop" that I first made in Road funding bill passes Michigan House committee and repeated in Road funding bill passes Michigan House, I'm sharing the latest on the saga of funding Michigan's roads.  First, the short version from Fox 47: Senate Passes Complicated Roads Plan.

We're going to need a road map to follow the road funding plan the state senate passed Wednesday
WOOD-TV attempts to provide that road map in its more detailed report MI Senate passes roads plan with gas tax hike.

The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a $1.5 billion plan to improve deteriorating Michigan roads by raising fuel taxes and redirecting money from elsewhere in the budget.
Next, back to the Michigan House in two weeks.  Looks like it will be a long summer before this issue is resolved.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

50 years of the Maple Leaf Flag for Canada Day


Happy Canada Day!  For this year's celebration, I present The real story behind the Canadian Flag from CBC's The National.

Our maple leaf was raised over Parliament Hill in 1965, but not without controversy. Reg Sherren tells us the little known story of how the flag came to be.
In addition to the history, CBC provided a little flag humor in Canadian Flag turns 50.

The Canadian Flag turns 50 on Sunday. Reg Sherren meets one of its biggest fans.
Cool shades, dude.

As I wrote in the very first Canada Day post on this blog, "Welcome to the first of three patriotic holidays I observe as part of my blogging. Hey, I can't be all doom all the time!"

Examiner.com article on Trump combing in second in Michigan


Walker leads Trump by a hair in Michigan
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has a mere one percent lead with fifteen percent over real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican field in Michigan according to a poll released Tuesday, June 30, by Public Policy Polling.  Trump is in a three-way tie at fourteen percent with physician and Detroit native Ben Carson and former Florida Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush.  The rest of the Republican field has support in the single digits with Florida Senator Marco Rubio coming in closest at nine percent.

Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement "Donald Trump's in the top tier of the Republican field for a second consecutive week in our polling.  Time will tell how long the Trump Bump lasts, but it's at least two weeks at this point."

The same survey found former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead over the Democratic field at fifty-seven percent.  Bernie Sanders came in second, far behind Clinton at twenty-five percent.  The remaining Democratic contenders fell even farther behind with support in the single digits.

The poll also found that Clinton would defeat any of the Republican candidates in Michigan by margins of three to ten percent.  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul came in closest at three percent, while Trump and Texas Senator Raphael "Ted" Cruz would both lose to Clinton by ten percent.
Not only has Trump combed in second in New Hampshire poll once, he did it three more times, once again in New Hampshire, once nationally, and now here in Michigan.  Trump as Penguin for President is kicking butt, even if Univision has fired him.  Not only am I getting mileage out of him here at Crazy Eddie's Motie News (the second and third most read entries last month were about The Donald), I'm making some money covering him at Examiner.com.  I'll make even more if my readers support my reporting by clicking on the link in the headline.

Stay tuned for a celebration of Canada Day and this month's Nablopomo theme.  Hint, it's recycled.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Leap second today


I made the following program note in the middle of A drink for Father's Day on the Summer Solstice.
Normally, today is called "the longest day of the year."  That isn't strictly true.
While we say longest “day” in regards to Sunday, the 24-hour period known as a day won’t be any longer.

The longest actual “day” or 24-hour period of the year will actually be June 30th, during the leap second.  A full second has to be added to clocks to keep everything (atomic clocks, etc.) in synch with earth’s slowing rotation.  That’s truly the longest “day” for a while.
I'll see if I remember that factoid for the final entry of June.
I remembered!  Now follow over the jump for videos from TomoNews US and HBO's Last Week Tonight about tonight's leap second.